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2019 is our 50th anniversary and we are championing some of the people who help make Scottish Ballet a great place to work. Each week we will introduce you to a different career at Scottish Ballet and the person behind it.

Nicholas Shoesmith joined Scottish Ballet in 2012 and was promoted to Soloist in 2016. Nick was born in Cirencester, England and trained at The Australian Ballet School. Alongside dancing, he's also a budding choreographer and is creating a work in collaboration with Digital Artist in Residence Zachary Eastwood-Bloom for the Digital Season

We managed to squeeze in a 5 minute chat with Nick during a break in rehearsals.

What first inspired you to become a dancer?

I was first inspired to dance after watching Angel Corella with The Australian Ballet in Trilogy. I remember being fascinated by his charismatic approach to performing.

When did you discover your interest in choreography?

I only recently discovered my love for creating work. I began a course in computer programming, and was so disinterested in it that I found myself in the studio more and more. I love creating, I find it very rewarding. 

What are the project(s) you’re most excited to be working on in 2019?

My most exciting projects this year include a choreographic collaboration with Zachary Eastwood-Bloom for our Digital Season, but also dancing in The Crucible at the Edinburgh International Festival, a ballet with great depth and emotional storytelling.

What’s been your career highlight so far?

My career highlights so far have been performing as James in Matthew Bourne's Highland Fling, and performing in Angelin Preljocaj's MC 14/22 with the men of the company. 

What’s your favourite thing about working at Scottish Ballet?

I love the dynamic repertoire we do. We get to work in so many styles which means you really learn a lot and get the full experience of this profession, all in one place!

What's your 'get up and go' song?

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